preview

Ecological Footprint Essay

Good Essays
The planet, what the general public has taken for granted, is a gradually collapsing ground weakened by toxic emissions released in distinction to everyday activities from those without the consequences in mind. Albeit evidence from researchers and reports, reduction of the world’s ecological footprint is still not in effect and specialists have figured out why. In an article by Jennifer Weeks, a ten-year freelance journalist specializing in health, science, and the environment, she discusses how “climate experts say the world has missed its chance to stabilize emissions below levels that will cause intense warming, with severe repercussions,” moreover, the cause of all this is because “political action is lagging.” Despite substantial proof…show more content…
An article by Mark Lynas, a British author, journalist, and environmental activist who focuses on climate change, rationalizes how “every year, humans burn enough coal, oil and gas to add roughly six billion tonnes of carbon to the global atmosphere. This carbon was formerly trapped underground, laid down between rock deposits from much earlier (and warmer) phases in the earth 's history. About half of this extra annual dose of carbon - three billion tonnes - is soaked up by oceans and plants. It is the other half that steadily accumulates in the atmosphere and causes all the trouble. The fear is that, as temperatures rise, global warming, in a process that scientists call "positive feedback", will itself increase the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, regardless of what humans do.” By way of explanation, the oceans and plants will stop soaking up those three billion…show more content…
As global warming forges ahead with the incentives of climate change dwindling behind, signs of vulnerability in the arctic and poles are distinguishable. “NASA scientists reported that climate change was speeding up the melting of Arctic sea ice. Permanent sea ice has contracted by 14 per cent in the past two years. Meanwhile, Stuart Chapin of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, reported that air temperatures in the Alaskan interior have risen by 2 °C since 1950, and permafrost temperatures have risen by 2.5 °C.” (Pearce) Howbeit, Alaska is not the only region affected as it is now confirmed that “Siberia has become a hotspot of global climate change. Geographer Heiko Balzter, of the University of Leicester, said central Siberia has warmed by almost 2 °C since 1970 — three times the global average”
Get Access